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Te Vaka is coming

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ONE of the most popular island musical bands in the Pacific, Te Vaka will be touring Honiara next month.

The theme of the tour is “Uniting the Pacific”.

According to its proposed programme, the Band will arrive on 23rd November and leave on the 30th of November 2010.

In leading up to the live concert at Rove Police field on Sunday 28th November, the band will make certain visits to schools, Hospitals and the Red Cross Handicapped centre.

A music workshop is also planned to be held by the group during the tour for our local musicians and interested individuals.

Placid Walekwate Jr of Crown Sound and Entertainment (Local Promoter)

said the main aim of the tour is to promote Peace and Unity among “our people and Pacific Islands through music.”

The Local Promoters for the tour anticipated that the tour would be beneficial to Solomon Islands in “our efforts in bringing back peace to our beloved country.”

“While the SI Government is in the process of peace-building, it would be a great opportunity to use this event to promote peace.

“Such event usually draws a good crowd and hence the government could use this opportunity to promote their programs and/or plans for peace-building. 

“It is also an opportune time for our private businesses and corporate entities to promote their products and services,” he said.

Crown Sound and Entertainment was instrumental in bringing Natalie Makoma and the late Lucky Dube’s band tour recently.

The local promoters appeal to business houses, the Government and the general public to support the tour as such events are beneficial to the country.

Te Vaka is a group of musicians and dancers from Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand brought together under the inspired leadership of Opetaia Foa'i.

Te Vaka has been enchanting the world with their customized brand of South Pacific Fusion since 1997.

Using the rhythms of the log drum ("pate"), combined with traditional and contemporary instruments, Opetaia Foa'i and the band deliver a kaleidoscopic array of Pacific flavors in a genre all of its own.

Te Vaka has performed in the USA and toured the UK, Europe & other parts of the world extensively over the last 13 years, performing in such prestigious venues as London’s Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s nightclub.

The group has headlined music festivals throughout Europe and been favorites at WOMAD festivals around the world including the WOMAD Festival in Seattle, USA.

They are based in New Zealand.